The Brexit bar is set as high as ever for Ireland
Today marks the definitive end of 'les vacances' in Brussels and all the other EU capitals. Work had continued apace on Brexit, with a third round of negotiations going ahead last week, and mixed soundings on whether there was any progress being made.
From today everything goes hell for leather for the next seven weeks as a crucial EU leaders' summit about Brexit goes ahead on October 19. The bar remains set as high as ever for Ireland in what are truly perilous talks concerning this country's economic future.
Credit where it is due, the Irish Government and its diplomatic team in Brussels, and elsewhere in the European Union, has not done badly so far. Ireland's concerns are on the Brexit agenda, and the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is well disposed to this country's position.